EMS student Aidan Buss dances with Mikhailovsky Ballet

From left, Aidan Buss, a 12-year-old student at Eastern Middle School, and Greenwich Ballet Academy Artistic Director Yuri Vodolaga with Mikhailovsky stars Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova after their Don Quixote performance at the Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center.

Aidan Buss, a 12-year-old student at Eastern Middle School, and Greenwich Ballet Academy Artistic Director Yuri Vodolaga with Mikhailovsky stars Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova after their Don Quixote performance at the Koch Theatre in Lincoln Center.

The Mikhailovsky Ballet kicked off its U.S. Tour with several performances at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater in New York City and Aidan Buss, 12, a student from Eastern Middle School and of Greenwich Ballet Academy was given the opportunity to dance.

Aidan was selected to dance in two different shows with the Mikhailovsky: Class Concert and Don Quixote. 10-year-old John Orlowski of Crestwood, N.Y. also danced in Don Quixote.

“It is an opportunity of a lifetime for me,” said Aidan after one of his shows, “To get the opportunity to share the stage with world-famous ballet starts like Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev is unbelievable to me.”

Aidan danced in seven different shows.

His performance week was capped off with an opportunity to take photos with Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova backstage at the conclusion of last Sunday’s final performance of Don Quixote.

“Natalia and Ivan gave a master class at GBA last year and it was nice for this to come full circle, and to have our students perform in a production in which they performed,” said Greenwich Ballet Academt Artistic Director Yuri Voldolaga.

Several weeks ago Mikhail Messerer, the Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky came to visit the school looking for students to include in the cast for the shows at Lincoln Center. The ballet company is well regarded at home in St. Petersburg, Russia, as well as in London where they perform frequently.

After Mr. Messerer watched a GBA class at one of the academy’s studios he selected a handful of students to attend further sessions in New York. This is the first time the full company has come and performed in New York.

“When we heard that the Mikhailovsky was interested in looking at our students we were delighted,” said Marisol Rivera Thurman, the Chairman of the Board of Greenwich Ballet Academy. “To know that our reputation as a pre-professional ballet academy has traveled as far as Russia is rewarding in itself but then to be given the opportunity for our students to dance with such a well-renowned company on the main stage in New York further reinforces the great training our students receive at GBA.”

Aidan can be seen with John and the other talented GBA students from the tri-state area on Dec. 5 and 6 in Greenwich Ballet Academy’s production of The Nutcracker at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. He will dance the roles of The Prince and The Nutcracker.

The performances will also showcase Elisabeth Beyer, who recently won second place at the Youth America Grand Prix European semi-finals in Paris, and Maria Jose Esquivel as the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Tickets may be purchased online at Greenwichballetacademy.org. For more information call 914-305-4377.

Auditions for the spring semester and their summer intensive will be held the week of Jan. 12. Call to schedule an appointment.

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